If You Have Already been accepted and cleared your 4th Semester to SKIT...
I am currently taking students, and I do have technological enablement for you, I do not have stipend or money for you.
If You Are Interested In A Summer Internship...
I am not interested at the moment. Please do not contact me. I will delete all such requests without reading them.
Why Have This Page?
Every week (especially during admission season), I receive a few emails, phone call and personal discussion about this. If I had the time to answer all of these letters in great detail, I would. However, that's not really possible for a variety of reasons, so I've put together this page to save me (and you) some time. Having read this page demonstrates that you are serious about your inquiry, and I'm much more likely to respond to your e-mail. If you ask questions that are already answered on this page, or if you fail to follow the relatively simple directions on this page, I'll know that you're not willing to spend time looking into the matter, and I'll summarily delete your e-mail. If this sounds harsh, it is. However, the simple fact of the matter is that most of the people who send me e-mail usually send the same message to every professor in the department. This is a waste of everyone's time, and it usually indicates that the applicant cares less about everyone else's time than his/her own.
What Are My Chances of Being Accepted?
In general, if you stand out among the various applicants, your chances are good. What makes a person stand out is some combination of the following:
- Good scores – in OOPS, RDBMS courses.
- Sun Certified Java Programmer.
- RAD7.5 Trained or Certified
- DB2 Trained or Certified
- Recommendation letters - a good letter that proves the professor knows you is valuable
- Experience - if you have some interesting experience(academic) that works in your favor,
- Some of the things that don't help include
- Cash - we don't care if you can pay for this project, because we don't charge you for it
How Do I Start The Application Process?
Believe it or not, the SKIT CS/IT department has a fairly well-written page that describes the process of applying to the department. I won't provide a direct link here since it's subject to change and I hate broken links. However, it's relatively simple to find, and it is quite comprehensive as of this writing. In fact, it contains answers to the questions most people send me via e-mail, such as
- what about financial aid?
- what are the minimum requirements?
- Is the subject test required?
What you should NOT do is often as important as what you should do. Please follow the guidelines in the pages I mention above. I have a fairly well-established orderly set of procedures in place to process graduate student to get enrolled in this group. It's pretty hard to successfully pull an "end run" around this process for a variety of reasons. The most important reason is that each grad student that any member of the faculty wishes to admit is reviewed by the entire faculty. So, the possibility of an end run around the system is close to nil.
In particular, there are some things that you should not do:
- Do not pit professors against each other - Too often, some applicant decides to ask several professors leading questions and then tries to compare their responses. It's usually considered impolite at the least, and manipulative at the worst. Put another way - if you don't act in good faith during your application process, why should anyone believe that you'll be any better once admitted/accepted?
- Do not pit department against each other - If you ask me for an opinion about a department, I may give it, and it will often be frank. If you decide to then forward that message to someone at that department and ask for their acceptance, you'll have two annoyed professors on your hands. Again, this goes back to the issue of acting in good faith.
- Do not send me large attachments(your CVs/profile) in e-mail - I use an old-fashioned text e-mail program, and handling attachments is annoying. If you really want me to see something, provide a URL. Services like Face book (and others) provide free web pages, so even if you don't have your own account somewhere; it's possible to put the information somewhere on the web.
Who Is My Ideal Student?
I'm not looking for slave labor, nor am I looking for programming drone. The ideal student for me is some combination of being bright and being hard-working. Coupled with this is the desire to actually pursue research, which is some catch-all term for investigating an area where you don't have all of the answers. I'd rather deal with someone who's willing to be a little risky and come up with nothing than someone who's willing to risk nothing and comes up with nothing exciting. Research by its nature is an inherent gamble. However, it's a risk that can be managed - if you aim for something ambitious, you may not graduate in four years. However, when you do graduate, chances are that you'll have far more interesting options than someone who just wanted to get out as quickly as possible.
That being said, I also want someone who is practical - a working incomplete system is far more useful than a complete but non-working system. So, some amount of programming is almost always needed in order to get your research done. In fact, chances are good that you'll do a fair bit of programming on your own projects. Such is life.
Can You Tell Me More About the SKIT Java Research Group?
I recommend that you become familiar by getting in touch with registered students and pass out students with the SKIT Java Research Group. That will give you an idea of what we have been doing in the past. In general, we are interested in java based web application research and architecture. Since almost all our code goes through a java compiler, my group believes that great java architecture research involves back-end compiler work. My group is not currently interested in areas outside of java compilers and web based application architecture.
What if you still have questions?
Am I Taking New Students?
Yes, I am currently taking students, and I do not have funding for them. The areas of my research are product development, framework designing and development of web based ERP by using Java as a core language on IBM software stack, and my current research is a development of a software engine/framework to automate engineering education through ICT enablement similar to Core Banking Solution(CBS), where customers are accessing their banking form any another banks delivery channels, I am in a research where student can access their academics from any colleges of the same university, and if universities are having same curricula than academic should be accessible from any university(at broader level), currently I am only interested and working on Core Education Solution (CES) in all colleges of the same university.
When I state that I am accepting students, this does not imply that I admit anyone directly. So, the process of becoming my student is as follows:
- Get accepted, and then contact me.
As I've written above, do not send me your application and resume right now.
Doing so proves that you're capable of ignoring the instructions written several times in this single page.